Originally Posted by Reality
The problem is that they release promising information in order to get additional funding and grants. It is the equivalent of a salary-based worker showing his work to his boss and saying, "Only I was able to do this so you should keep me around another few years."
Of all the "promising" breakthroughs I have read about in the last 10 years, I cannot remember any actual breakthroughs being announced and practiced today. Are we smarter than we were yesterday? Yes. Have we fine-tuned previous practices in order to better treat patients today? Sure.
Yet we still treat cancer with surgery and chemotherapy as we have done forever. We have seen more devices built to assist paralyzed patients than treatments that offer any improvements in their paralysis.
[View Full Quote]I remember hearing about stories of paralysis being cured in mice and other animals 10+ years ago. I have remember hearing stories of certain new treatments curing multiple forms of cancer. Where are those?
Anti-aging? People are still using the same creams and treatments they were many years ago. Arthritis? Same pain pills and treatment as they were many years ago.
At some point, people (like myself) become immune to the "hopes and promises" of the medical research industry. I am cynical as to their motives as I see them as only out to secure more funding so they can keep their status in the research community and their nice paychecks and way of life.
With all of the brain power and billions of dollars being dedicated to curing and improving all of the major diseases, illnesses, etc. of the world, it is amazing, or rather depressing, how very little real-world usable results have come from it. Sure, we have seen minor improvements and advances in treatments, but nothing ground breaking or earth shattering.
After watching family members and friends die from diseases over long periods of time where promising studies early in their diagnosis never came to fruition years later when they died, I see articles like this as nothing more than an ongoing "dangling carrot" situation with the only real results being that people get their funding and maintain their cushy lives.
Most of what you say, involves a person to spend and spend and spend, where as, if they were to fix something and it was one and done, someone isn't making money. I think things become clouded, when big money is involved.